September 20, 2012 at 13:49 PM EDT
Clinical Study Showed a Blueberry Antioxidant, pTeroPure® (pterostilbene), Significantly Reduced Blood Pressure in Adults
- Efficacy Data for ChromaDex®'s Patented pTeroPure® Presented at American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions -

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ChromaDex® Corporation (OTCBB: CDXC) announced today findings from a Phase 2/3 trial at the University of Mississippi Medical Center showing its patented nutritional ingredient pTeroPure® (pterostilbene) significantly reduced blood pressure in adults. The findings from the study, the first clinical trial of the pure compound, were presented today at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions.[1] pTeroPure, which was named the 2010 North American Most Promising Ingredient of the Year by the independent research company Frost & Sullivan, is a nature-identical form of pterostilbene, an antioxidant found in blueberries.

"We saw reduced overall blood pressure in patients who received the high dose of pterostilbene," said the study's principal investigator, Daniel M. Riche, PharmD, Cardiometabolic Clinic Coordinator at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. "The results of this study highlight that pterostilbene is a promising ingredient in the area of cardiometabolics." 

Pterostilbene is believed by many experts to show great promise for supporting heart health,[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] cognitive function,[7],[8] anti-aging,[9],[10] weight loss and other metabolic disorders. Pterostilbene has superior biological activity,[11],[12],[13],[14],[15] better oral bioavailability[16],[17],[18] and metabolizes more slowly in the body than other antioxidant polyphenols (substances from plants that tend to prevent or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals), resulting in more prolonged antioxidant activity.[19],[20],[21],[22]

The study, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, included 80 adults averaging 54 years of age with high cholesterol (total cholesterol of 200 or greater and/or LDL cholesterol of 100 or greater). Most participants were women (71%) and some had been diagnosed with high blood pressure (55%). The mean average baseline systolic blood pressure (BP) was 127.4 mmHg and the mean average baseline diastolic BP was 79.3 mmHg. The American Heart Association guidelines state that >119 mmHg systolic BP and >79 mmHg diastolic BP are classified as pre-hypertensive.[23] Twice daily, participants received high (125 mg) doses of pterostilbene, low (50 mg) doses of pterostilbene, pterostilbene (50 mg) with grape extract (100 mg), or placebo. The investigators assessed participants' blood pressure, body weight and blood lipids at the beginning and end of the study.

By the end of the study, participants in the high-dose pterostilbene group (250 mg/day) achieved significant reductions in BP compared to placebo: 7.8 mmHg in systolic BP (p < 0.01) and 7.3 mmHg in diastolic BP (p < 0.001), without serious adverse events. The only change in lipids was an increase in LDL cholesterol with pTeroPure (24.9 mg/dL, p < 0.001), which was less among participants on cholesterol-lowering medication and was not seen among those who also received the grape extract. Participants not on cholesterol medication also achieved a minor average reduction in body weight (reduced body mass index 0.59 kg/m2) with pTeroPure. ChromaDex plans to conduct further studies specific for weight reduction to evaluate this trend.

"With high blood pressure affecting more than 76 million adults in the U.S.,[24] we are thrilled that these findings show pTeroPure to be effective at reducing blood pressure," said Frank Jaksch Jr., CEO and co-founder of ChromaDex. "With limited non-prescription options to address this 'silent killer,' these results will allow pTeroPure to carry a claim of being 'clinically proven,' an attribute that should have a meaningful impact on demand for the ingredient."

pTeroPure is the key novel ingredient in BluScience™, ChromaDex's recently launched line of dietary supplements. BluScience is now available in more than 17,000 outlets in the U.S., including national drugstore chains, wholesalers and mass channel and internet distributors.

About ChromaDex®:

ChromaDex, Inc. is an innovative natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food & beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. ChromaDex's pipeline of proprietary products include patented pTeroPure® pterostilbene, which was named the 2010 North American Most Promising Ingredient of the Year by the independent research company Frost & Sullivan. The company has also launched ProC3G™, a natural black rice extract containing 40% cyanidin-3-glucoside and is in the process of developing Nicotinamide Riboside, a novel next-generation B-vitamin. All products are backed with extensive scientific research and intellectual property. For more information about pTeroPure, visit www.pteropure.com or call 949-600-9694.

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ChromaDex  Media Inquiries:
Chandler Chicco Agency
Keshia Cain, Media Specialist
310-309-1017
kcain@ccapr.com

ChromaDex Investor Contact:                                             
The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag, President
858-794-9500
bprag@delmarconsulting.com

or

Alex Partners, LLC
Scott Wilfong, President
425-242-0891
Scott@alexpartnersllc.com

ChromaDex Contact:
Laura Carney, Executive Assistant
949-419-0288
laurac@chromadex.com

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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[17] Roupe KA, Remsberg CM, Yáñez JA, Davies NM. Pharmacometrics of stilbenes: seguing towards the clinic. Curr. Clin. Pharmacol. 1, 81 (2006).

[18] Kapetanovic IM, Muzzio M, Huang Z, Thompson TN, McCormick DL. Pharmacokinetics, oral bioavailability, and metabolic profile of resveratrol and its dimethylether analog, pterostilbene, in rats. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. (2010 Nov 30. Epub ahead of print).

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[22] Ferrer P, Asensi M, Segarra R, Ortega A, Benlloch M, Obrador E, Varea MT, Asensio G, Jordá L, Estrela JM. Association between pterostilbene and quercetin inhibits metastatic activity of B16 melanoma. Neoplasia 7, 37 (2005).

[23] American Heart Association. Recommendations for Blood Pressure Measurement in Humans and Experimental Animals. http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/45/1/142.full. Accessed September 19, 2012.

[24] American Heart Association. Statistical Fact Sheet – Update 2012. High Blood Pressure http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_319587.pdf. Accessed September 18, 2012.

 

SOURCE ChromaDex Corporation

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